Actor portraying a human ancestor
Air Date: 
Wednesday, Aug 31st - 7:00pm
Episode Title: 
Becoming Man

NOVA presents a comprehensive three-part, three-hour special - investigating explosive new discoveries that are transforming the picture of how we became human. Shot "in the trenches" as discoveries were unearthed throughout Africa and Europe, each hour of "Becoming Human" unfolds with a forensic investigation into the life and death of a specific hominid ancestor. Dry bones spring back to vivid life with stunning animation, the product of a unique NOVA collaboration between top anthropologists and a talented team of movie animators.

7:00 pm Part 1: First Steps
The first episode explores fresh clues about our earliest ancestors in Africa, including the stunningly complete fossil nicknamed “Lucy’s Child.”

8:00 pm Part 2: Birth of Humanity
The second program tackles the mysteries of how our ancestors managed to survive in a savannah teeming with vicious predators.

9:00 pm Part 3: Last Human Standing
In the final program, NOVA probes a wave of dramatic new evidence that reveals new insights into how we became today’s creative and “behaviorally modern” humans.

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